How do girls get yeast infections?


Yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, can occur in girls and women of all ages. They are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida, which is normally present in the vagina in small amounts. Yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but sexual activity can sometimes contribute to their development.

Some of the common causes of yeast infections in girls include:

  1. Antibiotics: Antibiotics can kill off the “good” bacteria in the vagina that normally keep the growth of Candida in check, leading to an overgrowth of yeast.
  2. Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can alter the vaginal environment and lead to yeast overgrowth.
  3. Diabetes: High blood sugar levels can create a favorable environment for yeast to grow.
  4. Tight clothing: Wearing tight-fitting pants or underwear that don’t allow for proper ventilation can create a warm, moist environment that encourages the growth of yeast.
  5. Personal hygiene: Poor hygiene, such as not changing sweaty or wet clothing, can create a breeding ground for yeast.
  6. Weakened immune system: Having a weakened immune system due to illness or medication can make it easier for yeast to grow.

It is important to note that not all girls who develop yeast infections have an underlying health condition or poor hygiene habits. Yeast infections can occur for a variety of reasons, and it is always a good idea to see a healthcare provider if you suspect you have a yeast infection or if symptoms persist despite over-the-counter treatments.

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